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“He brings calm” – Chelsea star reveals the impact summer signing has had on the club



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Kurt Zouma opens up on what Thiago Silva has brought to Chelsea

Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva have been at the heart of the Chelsea defence that has seen an upswing in fortunes in recent weeks.

The duo has started together in three of our last four games, and the one game they didn’t, we went on to concede thrice. A clean sheet has been a rarity of sorts for Chelsea under Lampard, but Zouma and Silva have now ensured three on the trot when partnered together.

Speaking to the press in Russia (h/t, Zouma has opened up on the work behind the scenes that has helped bring about this transformation.

Kurt Zouma opens up on the impact Thiago Silva has had at Chelsea
Kurt Zouma is forming a formidable partnership with Chelsea newboy Thiago Silva

The Frenchman believes all the hard work done in training is paying off now on the field. Chelsea have incorporated Silva, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy to their first choice rearguard.

Given the influx of new players, it was bound to take time for players to gel together. It appears to now be taking shape. Zouma also attributes the improvement in communication as a key factor to success as a group.

At the centre of it all is Silva. The Brazilian veteran was in his heyday one of the best defenders in world football. Having that experience to lead the backline is a great attribute to the club.

“As soon as he came in he was part of the group, already talking to the player. It’s great for us. He brings calm and all of his experience.”

Silva has been impressive for Chelsea
Silva has been a leader at the back for Chelsea

Having turned 36 last month, Silva has made up for his lack of pace with brilliant reading of the game. He showcased at the end of last season that he is still capable of stopping a juggernaut such as Robert Lewandowski despite his advanced age.

Procuring a player of such guile and quality for free is a brilliant piece of business by the club. As things stand, he has not given us a chance to question that decision.

Edouard Mendy too has stepped up when needed ( Image Credits: AFP via Getty Images)

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While Silva has indeed brought a semblance of organization to the backline, other players too have stepped up.

Zouma looks much more confident alongside the Brazilian while Mendy has put the goalkeeping debate to rest. A solid backline is one that works together and Chelsea appear to be closing in on just that.

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Defensive duo on the firing line as Lampard plans January clear-out



LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Frank Lampard manager of Chelsea celebrates his teams victory over Spurs during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on February 22, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Chelsea to part ways with Emerson Palmieri or Marcos Alonso in January

According to Goal (h/t, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard could be set to part with either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri in the January transfer window.

The Blues are coming off a brilliant summer window that saw them address key deficiencies in the squad.

Signing Ben Chilwell has proven to be a masterstroke, with the Englishman now the club’s undisputed choice at left-back. With both Emerson and Alonso now moving down a notch, one of them is expendable come the new year.

Ben Chilwell is an injury worry for Chelsea
Ben Chilwell is the first choice left-back at Chelsea

Both players have hardly featured all season for the Blues. While Emerson appears to be above Alonso in the pecking order, he has made just one brief appearance in the Premier League.

Emerson nearly moved to Juventus last summer. However, the deal fell through as the deadline approached. Serie A giants Inter Milan are also interested in securing his services.

Alonso too has hardly fared much better. The Spaniard had a falling out with Lampard after West Brom fiasco and has not featured since.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard could be set to part with either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri in the January transfer window.
Emerson Palmieri (Left) is attracting attention from Serie-A

With neither player playing a key role in the squad this season, offloading one wouldn’t affect us adversely.

As things stand, it would appear that Alonso is the one who does not have a future at the club. He is yet to feature for us since September and the club has not missed him at all.

Emerson meanwhile appears to be the one attracting suitors and could fetch us better value. What the club decides to do remains to be seen.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard could be set to part with either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri in the January transfer window.
Marcos Alonso has not played for the club since September

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Chelsea are enjoying a fine run of form with players stepping up several notches. With both quality and strength in depth at his disposal, Lampard has what it takes to launch a determined title bid.

The Blues next face Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United at Stamford Bridge. Fans will be back in attendance for the first time since March.

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Serie A giants interested in signing highly-rated 19-year-old Chelsea wonderkid



Juventus interested in signing Chelsea wonderkid Billy Gilmour

A report by Italian outlet CalcioMercato (h/t Mirror) claims that Serie A giants Juventus are interested in signing Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour.

The report also outlines the fact that Juventus have been keeping a tab on Billy Gilmour since last season when the youngster broke into the Chelsea first-team.

The 19-year-old Scottish midfielder’s progress at the club was temporarily halted by an injury, which he has recently recovered from.

Gilmour is expected to be integrated into the Chelsea first-team soon as he has featured for Chelsea and Scotland’s youth teams in recent weeks.

Billy Gilmour made his first senior appearance for Chelsea this season as he came on against Sevilla on Wednesday. (GETTY Images)
Billy Gilmour made his first senior appearance for Chelsea this season as he came on against Sevilla on Wednesday. (GETTY Images)

His contract runs until the summer of 2023, but he has still been the subject of interest of Juventus recently. (h/t Mirror)

However, the report states that intermediaries are already working to make a move happen for Billy Gilmour to Juventus in the January transfer window.

The Scotsman made his first appearance for Chelsea’s senior team this year after he came on for the last 5 minutes of the 4-0 win vs Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

However, Gilmour would not expect his path back into the Chelsea team to be as easy as it was last season, where he made 11 appearances for the Blues.

Gilmour played in 11 matches for the Chelsea first team last season. (GETTY Images)
Gilmour played in 11 matches for the Chelsea first team last season. (GETTY Images)

Frank Lampard signed a flurry of players in the summer transfer window. Chelsea also already have a stable midfield trio of N’golo Kante, Jorginho, and Matteo Kovacic.

However, the youngster can still hope to make cameo appearances and rare starts as Chelsea face a congested fixture list.

Losing a young and talented midfielder like Billy Gilmour makes no sense for Chelsea, but the move could be beneficial if it’s a loan deal. The experience that he could garner at another top club like Juventus would be immense.

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Out-of-favour Chelsea star keen to stay put at Stamford Bridge after key performance



Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has spoken about the joy he felt seeing Olivier Giroud his first goal in the Champions League this season. (GETTY Images)

Olivier Giroud keen to stay put and win trophies at Chelsea

According to The Daily Mail, Chelsea have been handed a major boost in the title challenge with Olivier Giroud looking set to see out the season with the club.

The 34-year-old was linked with a move away in the January transfer window. A major reason for the potential exit was his lack of playing time this season.

With Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham ahead of him in the Chelsea pecking order, the veteran Frenchman is far from guaranteed regular time on the field.

Chelsea have been handed a major boost in the title challenge with Olivier Giroud looking set to see out the season with the club.
Olivier Giroud open to staying on at Chelsea (GETTY Images)

Giroud however knows how to make his point and did exactly that against Sevilla midweek. Having already qualified for the last 16, Frank Lampard rang in the changes for the trip to Spain.

The 34-year-old showcased his ability by grabbing all four goals in the 4-0 win. It also included a perfect hat-trick as Chelsea guaranteed stop spot in their group.

Giroud has received more playing time of late and it would appear that his position to leave has somewhat softened.

Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have been excellent for Chelsea
Timo Werner is the club’s top striker

As long as he continues to feature regularly, the 34-year-old is more than happy to see out his contract at Stamford Bridge.

 “I am a happy man and proud to be a Chelsea player.”

Giroud confirmed that his conversation with Didier Deschamps played a key role in his desire to leave. With the Euros coming up next summer, the French boss was keen to have the striker play regularly to stay in contention.

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Olivier Giroud scored a perfect hat-trick at Sevilla (Getty Images)

Giroud has stepped up massively when needed for Chelsea. He did so last season after Abraham got injured and is repeating the same this time around as well.

The fact that he is far from assured starting spot against Leeds United is more to do with the competition at the club than his form. Having such a dependable striker to call upon only gives us more ammo in the title chase.

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Transfer News: Shrewd Bosman move could spell the end of Chelsea’s pursuit of £80m star



Chelsea target Declan Rice set to be offered lucrative new contract by West Ham United

Chelsea signing David Alaba could spell the end of their pursuit for Declan Rice

According to Ollie Star of The Daily Star, Chelsea signing David Alaba could come at the cost of us pursuing Declan Rice.

The 21-year-old is a former Chelsea youth product who was let go at the age of 14. He moved to West Ham United and has since thrived for our London rivals.

Frank Lampard is a fan of the player and is keen to add him to his roster. The Blues were unable to make a deal in the summer and the youngster stayed put with the Hammers.

Chelsea signing David Alaba could come at the cost of us pursuing Declan Rice
Chelsea are linked with signing Bayern Munich defender David Alaba. (GETTY Images)

Having spent £230million in the summer, Chelsea have baulked at West Ham’s £80million asking price for Rice.

According to the Telegraph (h/t Daily Star), the mammoth price is a concern for Chelsea. It was shown when they turned their attention towards a cheaper alternative in Thomas Partey.

While the midfielder eventually signed for Arsenal, it was an indication of finances dictating a potential deal.

A solution can be found in Bayern Munich star Alaba. The Austrian superstar is in the final year of his contract and can be signed for free next summer.

Zakaria is an alternative to Rice
Chelsea remain interested in Declan Rice

Similar to Rice, Alaba too can play both in defence and midfield. While the former has age on his side, the latter has experience and guile.

It can be argued that Chelsea will be getting an already world-class player in Alaba rather than a potential one in Rice. Moreover, Alaba can also fill in at left-back, while also bringing his set-piece abilities.

The prospect of signing a player like Alaba, let alone for free, does not come very often. It is not something we should miss out on.

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Chelsea set for contract negotiations with the agent of David Alaba
David Alaba is a world class player

Signing Rice is truly an enticing option, more so when one considers the friendship between him and Mason Mount.

The duo also has an excellent understanding on the pitch, as shown by their performances for England. The prospect of them replicating it in a Blue jersey is truly a salivating prospect.

However, as things stand, it would appear we will have to wait for that to come to fruition, if at all.

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